Xavier Musketeers vs Marquette Golden Eagles Prediction, 3/11/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Xavier Musketeers vs Marquette Golden Eagles
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
The Xavier Musketeers (24-8) are headed to Madison Square Garden on Saturday where they will try to beat the Marquette Golden Eagles (26-6).
The Xavier Musketeers stepped onto the hardwood against DePaul and notched a win by a score of 89-84 in their last game. In regard to fouls, the Musketeers ended up finishing with 14 and DePaul recorded 21 fouls. They also made 8 out of their 16 shots from long range. DePaul finished shooting 85.7% from the charity stripe by converting 6 of 7 tries. Additionally, DePaul snagged 23 boards (5 offensive, 18 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. DePaul distributed 13 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. In terms of defending, Xavier allowed the other team to go 61.4% from the field on 35 of 57 shooting. They also distributed 13 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and having 6 steals. Pertaining to rebounding, they collected 26 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Musketeers made 20 of 27 attempts for a rate of 74.1%. Xavier ended having earned a 49.2% FG percentage (30 out of 61) and made 9 of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Jack Nunge is a guy who had an impact for this contest. He shot 50.0% from the floor and dished out 4 assists. He saw the court for 36 minutes and collected 10 rebounds. He notched 23 points on 7 out of 14 shooting.
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Xavier comes into this one with a record of 24-8 this season. They have an average of 82.3 pts per game (10th in D-1) while hitting 50.0% from the field. The Musketeers are shooting 40.0% from downtown (245 of 613) and 71.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, Xavier is snagging 37.2 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 631 assists this season, which is 2nd in the country in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 12.7 times per game and as a unit are committing 16.2 fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Musketeers are forcing 12.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.8 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 36.4% from 3-point land and they are ranked 311th in college hoops in points per game allowed (74.8). The Musketeers defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.8% (883 of 1,973) and they relinquish 31.8 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are 334th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 480 surrendered on the year.
In their last game, the Marquette Golden Eagles got the victory with a final of 72-70 against St. John's. Concerning how they attacked the glass, Marquette allowed St. John's to snag 41 in all (15 offensive). They finished 33.3% from three-point range by shooting 8 of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 20 out of 24 from the free throw line (83.3%). The Golden Eagles allowed St. John's to convert 21 out of their 69 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 30.4% for the matchup. Overall, the Golden Eagles shot 27 for 69 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.1%. Pertaining to 3-point shots, Marquette knocked down 9 out of their 34 tries (26.5%). They were able to knock down 9 of them for a percentage of 75.0%. St. John's earned 17 personal fouls in the game which took the Golden Eagles to the charity stripe for 12 attempts. They gave up possession of the ball 19 times, while getting 13 steals in this game. The Golden Eagles recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 35 for this contest.
Tyler Kolek pitched in for the Golden Eagles for this game. He accumulated 19 points in his 39 mins on the court and accounted for 6 assists for the matchup. He buried 6 out of 18 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 33.3%, and tallied 9 rebounds.
Marquette has a record of 26-6 so far this season. The Golden Eagles have committed 16.3 personal fouls every game while shooting 71.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 18.0 times per game (4th in the nation) and they are turning it over 11.0 times per game. Marquette has earned 2,583 points for the season (80.7 per game) and they collect 31.8 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Golden Eagles are hitting on 49.2% from the floor, which is 9th in the nation.
The Golden Eagles on defense are ranked 217th in the nation in PPG given up with 71.3. They are able to force 16.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 44.8% from the field (261st in D-1). The Marquette defense gives up 35.8% on shots from 3-point land (247 of 690) and their opponents are connecting on 70.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 15.2 dimes and 35.2 total rebounds per game, which is 336th and 262nd in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Xavier
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